Thornton, Thomas selected to New England Hockey Writers All-Star Team

BOSTON, Mass. - Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team were named to the New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team, the organization announced Thursday.

For Thornton, a senior center, captain and Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award candidate as one of the 10 best college players in NCAA Division I, the 2000-01 season marked the end of a decorated career. This season, Thornton led the team in goals (15), assists (23) and points (38) and was second in game-winning goals. Other season highlights included her 50th career goal, 150th career point, a six-game goal-scoring streak and four four-point games.

A four-time hockey letterwinner - and three-time letterwinner on the soccer team that included two America East All-Conference First Team selections - Thornton leaves UNH's women's hockey program ranked ninth on the all-time scoring list with 157 points. She is also fifth in assists with 93.

Thomas, a defenseman who logged significant time on both special teams units, was named to the ECAC All-Conference Second Team and the ECAC All-Rookie Team earlier this month. She tied for second on the team in goals with 14 and was third in both assists (13) and points (27). Her nine power-play goals ranked sixth in the nation and her three game-winning goals was a team best. Other season highlights included six- and five-game point-scoring streaks and nine multiple-point games.

New Hampshire ended the 2000-01 season with a 17-17-0 record.


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